Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Thomas
St. Thomas has the feast day of July 3rd. He was of Jewish faith when he was called to be an Apostle of Christ. He was a dedicated follower, but he often asked questions of Christ when he wanted more explanation. He is best known for his role in the resurrection story and he is often referred to as "doubting Thomas." When some of the other disciples told the rest of the twelve that they had seen Christ, Thomas said he would not believe until he saw the Lord for himself. Eight days later, Thomas got the chance to see Jesus and at that point, he realized his mistake in not believing all along.
St. Tarcisius lived in the 3rd century and became one of the early Christian martyrs. There is little known about him, but he was martyred when he would not deliver the Blessed Sacrament to an angry crowed. Tarcisius was likely a young man and because he died to protect Holy Communion, he was made the patron saint of first communicants.
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila is also sometimes called St. Teresa of Jesus. She was a Spanish mystic and a Carmelite nun who wrote the Counter Reformation. She was also a great theologian and had a large contemplative talent through her mental prayer life. She reformed the Carmelite Order during her life and is one of the founders of the Discalced Carmelites. Teresa was canonized just 40 years after her death and since she was a great thinker, she was made the patron saint of headaches.
St. Timothy has the feast day of January 26th. He was born in Lucaenia to a Greek family. He joined Paul when he was preaching in Lystra and became one of Paul's closest friends. Paul allowed him to be circumcised and accompany him on missionary journeys. When Paul fled from Berea, Timothy stayed behind and reported on the conditions of the Christians in the region while encouraging them under their great strains of persecution.
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese of Lisieux was a French Carmelite nun who was also sometimes called the "little flower of Jesus." She felt called to the religious life as a child and had to overcome various obstacles to make her dream come true. In 1888, she became a nun at the age of 15, joining two of her older sisters in a Carmelite community. After 9 years, she died at the age of 24 when she was hit with tuberculosis. She had a large impact a year after her death with a collection of her manuscripts were organized and printed into a book known as "The Story of a Soul." At first, the stories went to a limited audience, but they quickly grew, making her one of the most popular saints in the 20th century.
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas was a Dominican priest in Italy who became a largely influential theologian and philosopher. He was widely known as a great teacher and was sometimes called Doctor Angelicus. He was best known for his natural theologies and he is the father of Thomism. His influence on Western churches and modern philosophies is great and many people enjoyed debating the ideas he brought to light. Thomas is a model teacher for anyone studying to become a priest. He had many well-known writings and he is considered the best theologian the church has ever seen. Because of his love of teaching and for students, he became the patron saint for students and schools.
St. Thomas More
St. Thomas More has the feast day of June 22nd. He was born in London in 1478 and after a thorough education in the classics as well as religion, he studied law at Oxford. His legal career took him to Parliament and he later married and had four children. After his wife died, he married a widow to care for his children. Thomas More was best known as a reformer and he wrote the world-famous book called "Utopia." This attracted the attention of King Henry VIII and Thomas was then appointed to some of the highest posts in the region. At the height of his career, he resigned, though the Kind insisted that he still offer his opinions. He spent many of his remaining days writing to defend the church against various heresies and rumors.